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How to weigh your cat! – the IoT version

This is Leela. She is a 7 year old lilac white British short hair cat that lives with us. Leela had a sister who used to live with us as well but she developed a heart condition and passed away last year. Witnessing how quickly such conditions develop and evaluate we thought that we can do something to monitor Leelas health a bit to just have some sort of pre-alert if something is changing.

Kid in a Candystore

As this Internet of Things is becoming a real thing these days I found myself in a candy store when I’ve encountered that there are a couple of really really cheap options to get a small PCB with input/output connectors into my house WiFi network.

One of the main actors of this story is the so called ESP8266. A very small and affordable system-on-a-chip that allows you to run small code portions and connect itself to a wireless network. Even better it comes with several inputs that can be used to do all sorts of wonderful things.

And so it happened that we needed to know the weight of our cat. She seemed to get a bit chubby over time and having a point of reference weight would help to get her back in shape. If you every tried to weigh a cat you know that it’s much easier said than done.

The alternative was quickly brought up: Build a WiFi-connected scale to weigh her litter box every time she is using it. And since I’ve recently bought an evaluation ESP8266 I just had to figure out how to build a scale. Looking around the house I’ve found a broken human scale (electronics fried). Maybe it could be salvaged as a part donor?

A day later I’ve done all the reading on that there is a thing called “load-cell”. Those load cells can be bought in different shapes and sizes and – when connected to a small ADC they deliver – well – a weight value.

I cracked the human scale open and tried to see what was broken. It luckily turned out to have completely fried electronics but the load-cells where good to go.

Look at this load cell:


That brought down the part list of this project to:

  • an ESP8266 – an Adafruit Huzzah in my case
  • a HX711 ADC board to amplify and prepare the signal from the load-cells
  • a human scale with just enough space in the original case to fit the new electronics into and connect everything.

The HX711 board was the only thing I had to order hardware wise – delivered the next day and it was a matter of soldering things together and throwing in a small Arduino IDE sketch.

My soldering and wiring skills are really sub-par. But it worked from the get-go. I was able to set-up a small Arduino sketch and get measurements from the load-cells that seemed reasonable.

Now the hardware was all done – almost too easy. The software would be the important part now. In order to create something flexible I needed to make an important decision: How would the scale tell the world about it’s findings?


Two basic options: PULL or PUSH?

Pull would mean that the ESP8266 would offer a webservice or at least web-server that exposes the measurements in one way or the other. It would mean that a client needs to poll for a new number in regular intervals.

Push would mean that the ESP8266 would connect to a server somewhere and whenever there’s a meaningful measurement done it would send that out to the server. With this option there would be another decision of which technology to use to push the data out.

Now a bit of history: At that time I was just about to re-implement the whole house home automation system I was using for the last 6 years with some more modern/interoperable technologies. For that project I’ve made the decision to have all events (actors and sensors) as well as some additional information being channeled into MQTT topics.

Let’s refer to Wikipedia on this:

“MQTT1 (formerly MQ Telemetry Transport) is an ISO standard (ISO/IEC PRF 20922) publish-subscribe-based “lightweight” messaging protocol for use on top of the TCP/IP protocol. It is designed for connections with remote locations where a “small code footprint” is required or the network bandwidth is limited. The publish-subscribe messaging pattern requires a message broker. Thebroker is responsible for distributing messages to interested clients based on the topic of a message. Andy Stanford-Clark and Arlen Nipper of Cirrus Link Solutions authored the first version of the protocol in 1999.”

Something build for oil-pipelines can’t be wrong for your house – can it?

So MQTT uses the notation of a “topic” to sub-address different entities within it’s network. Think of a topic as just a simple address like “house/litterbox/weight”. And with that topic MQTT allows you to set a value as well.

The alternative to MQTT would have been things like WebSockets to push events out to clients. The decision for the home-automation was done towards MQTT and so far it seems to have been the right call. More and more products and projects available are also focussing on using MQTT as their main message transport.

For the home automation I had already set-up a demo MQTT broker in the house – and so naturally the first call for the litterbox project was to utilize that.

The folks of Adafruit provide the MQTT library with their hardware and within minutes the scale started to send it’s measurements into the “house/litterbox/weight” topic of the house MQTT broker.

Some tweaking and hacking later the litterbox was put together and the actual litterbox set on-top.

Since Adafruit offers platform to also send MQTT messages towards and create neat little dashboards I have set-up a little demo dashboard that shows a selection of data being pushed from the house MQTT broker to the MQTT broker.

These are the raw values which are sent into the weight topic:

You can access it here:

So the implementation done and used now is very simple. On start-up the ESP8622 initialises and resets the weight to 0. It’ll then do frequent weight measurements at the rate it’s configured in the source code. Those weight measurements are being monitored for certain criteria: If there’s a sudden increase it is assumed that “the cat entered the litterbox”. The weight is then monitored and averaged over time. When there’s a sudden drop of weight below a threshold that last “high” measurement is taken as the actual cat weight and sent out to a /weight topic on MQTT. The regular measurements are sent separately to also a configurable MQTT topic.

You can grab the very ugly source code of the Arduino sketch here: litterbox_sourcecode

And off course with a bit of logic this would be the calculated weight topic:

Of course it is not enough to just send data into MQTT topics and be done with it. Of course you want things like logging and data storage. Eventually we also wanted to get some sort of notification when states change or a measurement was taken.

MQTT, the cloud and self-hosted

Since MQTT is enabling a lot of scenarios to implement such actions I am going to touch just the two we are using for our house.

  1. We wanted to get a push notification to our phones whenever a weight measurement was taken – essentially whenever the cat has done something in the litterbox. The easiest solution: Set-Up a recipe on If This Than That (IFTTT) and use PushOver to send out push notifications to whatever device we want.
  2. To log and monitor in some sort of a dashboard the easiest solution seemed to be Adafruits offer. Of course hosted inside our house a combination of InfluxDB to store, Telegraf to gather and insert into InfluxDB and Chronograf to render nice graphs was the best choice.

Since most of the above can be done in the cloud (as of: outside the house with MQTT being the channel out) or inside the house with everything self-hosted. Some additional articles will cover these topics on this blog later.

There’s lots of opportunity to add more logic but as far as our experiments and requirements go we are happy with the results so far – we now regularly get a weight and the added information of how often the cat is using her litterbox. Especially for some medical conditions this is quite interesting and important information to have.

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Gaming: GTA V in Panoramic Views in 4k

Since games get bigger and bigger and their graphic gets more and more impressive I’ve made some panoramic views from In-Game with everything turned to 11.


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how a code repository can be visualized

Most development projects are relying on a source code repository these days to have control over the constant changes by many team members. The source code repository is therefore the complete history of a software project.

With the great tool called “gource” you can visualize it! This for example is the project a team from Rakuten Germany (where I work) worked on for the last couple of months:

Source 1: Visualize your source-control
Source 2: Gource

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ELV MAX! Cube progress

I’ve just pushed a commit to the repository which finalizes my current effort in getting data out of the ELV MAX! Cube. With this sourcecode you should be able to get the following information out of your ELV MAX! Cube:

  • a list of all configured rooms
  • a list of all devices in those rooms
  • Thermostat and ShutterContacts have all their flags with them (like Battery Status, Open/Closes, Mode (auto, manual,…))

That brings me one step further to the integration of the ELV MAX! Cube into h.a.c.s. – next weekend probably 🙂

p.s.: I’ve already ordered more thermostat and shuttercontact sensors.

Source 1:


Neulich bei McDonalds

Wer letztens in Ilmenau mal fix zu McDonalds wollte, hatte ein Erlebnis der besonderen Art…

von außen

von innen

Nun ja, die Burger gabs ja trotzdem irgendwie…

Jens Heymann


the second episode of gadget-geeks is available…[german only]

Der zweite Video-Podcast von den Gadget-Geeks ist da.


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glowing … ehm … fluorescent fish

Okay now it’s getting strange.

Where do GloFish® fluorescent zebra fish come from?
GloFish® fluorescent zebra fish were originally bred to help detect environmental pollutants. By adding a natural fluorescence gene to the fish, scientists hope to one day quickly and easily determine when our waterways are contaminated. The first step in developing these pollution detecting fish was to create fish that would be fluorescent all the time. It was only recently that scientists realized the public’s interest in sharing the benefits of this research. We call this the GloFish® fluorescent fish.”

It looks like this:

Thankfully they don’t actually glow in the dark. But how sad is this: Just because we can do something does that mean we should? Ethical discussions aside – where do you think that comes from? You’re right. The same country that proudly writes “artificially flavoured” onto the soda cans…


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want to do next-gen .net coding?

Go and grab the bits of the brand new March CTP of Orcas (which is the codename for the next iteration of Visual Studio).

“Visual Studio code name “Orcas” delivers on Microsoft’s vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality rich user experiences. This new version enables any size organization to rapidly create more secure, manageable, and more reliable applications that take advantage of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System. By building these new types of applications, organizations will find it easier than ever before to capture and analyze information so that they can make effective business decisions.

This download is the March 2007 Community Technology Preview of Microsoft Visual Studio Code-Named “Orcas”. This CTP is available in English only.”

It’s available in 2 formats and 2 flavours:

Visual Studio Team System

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

I personally prefer the Virtual PC Image until the product gets do something like beta stage…but it’s your choice.

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YAPS progress

We’re making quite some progress on YAPS these days. And since the recording and live-streaming part is doing great so far we decided to go for some new features. We were not that creative in the last months when it comes to the settings implementation – and the fact that it’s not that useful in the moment for myself (and the people that are using it) we did not develop in that direction since the last update on YAPS. I will offer support for everyone who would like to try out YAPS. But back to business: What new features are there?

  1. we added Authentification to the HTTP server. It’s some simple stuff just based on the accessing IP adress, but you can specify certain capabilities for each accessing IP like “CanCreateRecording” or “CanAccessLiveStream”. The data is stored in a data structure and can be saved to disk in the future but at the moment it’s all source-hard-coded.
  2. XBOX Media Center (XBMC) support was added in the last builds. And that means: support for Live-TV streaming and support for watching the recordings. Yes, correct: Live-TV and recordings on your TV via an XBOX.
    To stop teasing and start showing it:

As you can see… you got some kind of OSD (which you also can turn-off) and a neat GUI. I can use the XBOX remote to change channel.

It’s looking great, isn’t it? And of course there are the recordings: All lined up and ready to be viewed.


So that are some nice little features. Since I am currently using one 500 Mhz P3 machine to serve 4 TVs it shows that it also scales quite well. (One recording + one live-tv takes about 2% CPU time). I can’t wait to here your feedback!!1!

Oh yeah, statistics are great. And YAPS now is a bit over 8000 lines of code and still growing. Of course developers are needed – if you want to take part in the YAPS development contact us…)

here is the changelog:


  • fixed a bug in the http servers file accessing module – a CurrentlyRecording could only be watched to the point it reached while the watching started


  • added CurrentlyRecording Playlists to the XBMCSyncProcessor (added XBMCPlaylistFilesHelper class for that matter)
  • changed http server so that it now displays the accessing IP
  • added disk based logging (ConsoleOutputLogger.WriteLogfile)
  • added checking for .log file extension in http server to prohibit access
  • changed started to optimize settings pages
  • fixed a bug in the logfile writer that was triggered when multithreaded logging was done


  • added TimeShiftProcessor which implements a circular buffer in memory (working on a buffer which is stored on disk)
  • fixed a bug where you could not watch a recording while it has been recorded; you can now watch it even if it was not recorded completely…when you fastforward through the movie, be careful: it’ll say EOF if you reach the end
    of what has been written (thanks to Matthias Raacke)


  • fixed XBMCSyncProcessor bug that caused constant checks on currently running recordings
  • added AuthentificationEntry – capability based permission settings
  • added capability based persmission settings – canAccessLiveStream, canAccessRecordings, canAccessThisServer, canCreateRecordings, canDeleteRecordings, isAdministrator
  • fixed minor bug in LiveStream permission testing


  • added XBMCSyncProcessor to sync the playlist files on the harddrive to the YAPS recordings – means: delete the playlist file and the recording is deleted as well
  • added RecordingsManager for playlist filename creation and correct recordings deletes
  • changed filename – added some more whitespaces


  • fixed a bug in the XBMC Playlist creation process (if a recording name was used more than once only the last one got a playlist file)
  • corrected some minor bugs in the REMOVERECORDINGFILE http server command
  • some cosmetic changes to the playlist filenames


  • added XBMC compatible .strm playlist file creation and removal (in ./Playlists directory)


  • increased the ThreadedCacheWriter cache size by the factor 5 – in the past on very fragmented harddisks
    the recordings were corrupted by lost packets
  • fixed the %played_percentage% bug, the value is now displayed correctly and in all cases


  • corrected a spelling error in the “Reset PlayCount” section of the HTTP server


  • added line template for recorded listing


  • fixed some minor design issues
  • converted recordings.html to new template
  • fixed spelling in help.html


  • added FileSize to the recording info
  • added played_percentage placeholder to the “One-Line-Rendering”-Engine


  • added “ResetRecording” functionality to the /vcr/ path: resets the current play position “rewinds the tape”


  • added the long awaited Recording/Recorded Listing Placeholders
    %render_recorded_table(templatefilename)% and %render_recording_table(templatefilename)%
  • added according placeholders for the Listing Templates: %playcount%, %starts_at%, %ends_at%, %runtime%, %channel%, %recording_name%, %categories%, %recording_id%, %recording_status%
  • some minor changes to the index.html and recordings.html
  • added recording_line.template and recorded_line.template files


  • added recorded at column to the PlayList Manager


  • added sorting to the XML feed (newest recording is first entry in XML feed)


  • fixed some loop bugs in PlayListManager
  • added click-and-start-playing functionality to PlayListManager


  • added %render_recorded_table()%; not yet functional
  • added application “PlaylistManager”, based upon the Recordings RSS Feed a MPlayer playlist can be generated…
  • fixed a resizing bug in PlayListManager


  • added demo-settings containing donerecordings, categories and recordings…


  • changed the settings pages to use the footer and header templates, prepared for XHTML1.1


  • added skins-subfolder, containing default-subfolder with images and stylesheet for the default-design
  • changed index.html-template to use skins-folder and moved all design-related stuff into stylesheet
  • changed rewrite of index.html in XHTML 1.1 with div-based layout
  • updated the YAPS toolbar graphics in the CorelDraw! file
  • added YAPS_logo_complete.png
  • added correct mime-type handling to the HTTP Server (text/css, text/html, text/jpeg….)
  • changed the
     tag in TemplateProcessor ConsoleOutput placeholder  

  • changed console, help and addrecording templates to validate as XHTML 1.1
  • fixed some design issues with new css-styles
  • fixed a encoding bug in the http html handler which now outputs UTF8 which was UTF-16LE
  • added HTTPAuthProcessor and IPAuth frame
  • added validIPAdresses and AccessFromThisIPAllowed to the HTTP server; ATTENTION: only localhost and some of my private IPs are allowed, you can change that in the YAPS.CS (see inline comments)


  • added %include(filename)% keyword to the template parser
  • added Loop-Detection for %include(filename)% keyword

As usual you can grab the daily build here: or just build one yourself using the great MSBuild tools. I wrote about that here and you can get the subversion access here.

We appreciate every single user feedback we get. If you got an idea, if you want to have a feature in YAPS or anything else. Don't hesitate and contact us.


Microsoft Time Zone Utility

The Microsoft Time Zone Utility [1] is a small tool [2], available for free, which indicates the time on different places on earth by a mouse click. It also provides a convenient way to change your current time zone.



temperatures back to normal, all servers up and running

This morning the air condition of the C server room was repaired and finally all servers (well namenlos’ machine did not boot) are up and running.

Ahhh finally my mail server and my remote desktop server is up and running again.

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IKEA cookies are teh r0ck

You know…Ikea…the company that sells us those nifty furniture…well this company is also selling several sorts of sweets … like the highly addictive cookies below …

get some!

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the iSCSI ramdrive benchmark; and a detailed hardware listing

Harhar! No big deal this time. Just some “lets see what happens” crap. We got a 1 GByte ramdrive and the Linux iSCSI Enterprise Target.

sequential read rate medium (unthrottled): 77979 Kilobyte/s
sequential read rate Read-Ahead (Latency 1.15 ms): 59963 Kilobyte/s
repeatedly sequential read (“coretest”): 59901 Kilobyte/s

Isn’t that surprising? I would have expected the NICs to perform much better. But obviously 85 Megabyte/s is the maximum speed possible. The most surprising thing is the fact that we do not see a constant line but some peaks. We made 2 additional benchmarks and got the same result… anyone who could possibly explain what’s going on there?

In the comments of a previous benchmarking article was the question “What hardware do you use?”. So here’s a complete listing:

iSCSI Server Hardware:

Mainboard: Intel Torrey Pines SE7210TP1-E
Network: Gigabit LAN onboard (Intel 82547-GI Ethernet)+ Intel PRO/100 S (82557/8/9)
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3 Ghz / 800 Mhz FSB / HT / Prescott
RAM: 4x 512 MB DDR PC400 Kingston (KVR400X64C3A/512)
HDD: 7x SATA 250 GB WD2500JD

iSCSI Client Hardware:

Mainboard: Intel 915G/GV/910GL Workstation (8291xGx GMCH + ICH6R) PCI Chipset
Network: Gigabit LAN onboard (Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit) + Intel PRO/100 S
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3 Ghz / 800 Mhz FSB / HT / Prescott
RAM: 4x 512 MB DDR PC400 Kingston (KVR400X64C3A/512)
HDD: 3x SATA 250 GB WD2500JD

The tests as PDF:

Test 1: ramdrive.pdf (26,08 KB)
Test 2: ramdrive2.pdf (26,1 KB)
Test 3: ramdrive3.pdf (26,13 KB)

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Since I really don’t get it what Tino from nyblog wants to tell the world with his strange pictures…I made one on my own…

Source: nyblog

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Coffee with peanut butter

a great idea! Yummy.

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back at home

I am still screening all the stuff I brought from Neuss and Munich – so I’am going to post some stuff today and tomorrow

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Vortrag: *BSD – Alternativen zu Linux

nach dem doch recht sinnfreien Vortrag zum Thema Plan 9 hält nun Karl Uwe Lockhoff seinen Vortrag über die verschiedenen BSD Varianten:

“Häufig gestellte Fragen sind: Was ist BSD? Was ist FreeBSD? Was ist NetBSD? Was ist OpenBSD? Wodrin unterscheiden sich diese BSDs? Was sind die Unterschiede zu Linux?”

Zu Beginn des faktenorientierten Vortrags ging es hauptsächlich um die Unterschied von BSD zu (anderen) Unixen.

Quelle 1:
Quelle 2:
Quelle 3:

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bloggen mit OSX – MarsEdit

sooo jetzt habe ich mal MarsEdit installiert um zu schauen ob man genauso einfach wie mit w:bloggar unter Windows auch hier unter OSX Blogeinträge schreiben kann.

Quelle 1: w:bloggar
Quelle 2:

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Backpacking durch Südamerika: Kollege Hellmich unterwegs.

Im Zukunft wird der ein oder andere Reisebericht meines Kollegen Eric Hellmich hier auftauchen. Eric´s Passion ist Backpacking: Kurzgesagt heisst das, das er(+ein Freund) mit Rucksack ausgerüstet in ein weit entferntes Land fliegt oder fährt und das Land, besser die Länder, komplett auf eigene Faust, nicht durch irgendwelche Reiseveranstalter geplant, erkundet… klingt für mich furchterregend, zumal ich seinen Ausführungen zur China-Reise lauschen durfte… aber er erzählts mal selber:

“Da ich in meine Prüfungen für dieses Semester nun hinter mir habe, erfolgt nun die nächste Herausforderung. Am Montag werde ich mit meiner Freundin in das ferne Südamerika Reisen. Nach den Stationen, China, Vietnam, Russland ist es nun Zeit für einen anderen Kontinent.

Bereits im August habe ich mich um die Tickets gekümmert, und nach 4 Tagen harter Recherche im Netz habe ich dann noch ziemlich günstige Tickets bekommen. Dies wird, wie hoffentlich immer die teuerste Investition des Urlaubs sein. Auf eins freue ich mich aber schon sehr.

Wir werden hoffentlich ein sehr schöne Reise haben, aber auf jeden Fall werden wir einige spannende Länder und Orte besuchen. In Peru (Lima) gelandet werden wir dann innerhalb von 2 Tagen von 0 Metern über den Meeresspiegel auf über 4700m reisen. Ok, der Winter ist dann noch nicht so ganz weit weg, da es auf der Höhe nicht so warum ist. Aber hier schon mal ein paar kleine Eindrücke.

Einige Haupteckpunkte unsere Reise sind, Cuscu, Titicacasee, Colca Canion (2,5 mal so groß wie der Grand Canion), La Paz, Machupicchu”

Da wir aber unsere Reiseroute noch nicht so genau geplant haben, werde ich euch, wenn ich zwischendurch darüber berichten. Ansonsten wird es auf jeden fall einen vollständigen Bericht nach dem Urlaub geben.”


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Toshi geht wieder.

er lag zwei Stunden auf der Heizung…und nun wurde er wieder eingeschaltet… nach dem Apfelsaft-Unfall von gestern:

Quelle: Apfelsaft-Unfall

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Grenzen erkennen

Oder: Die Anatomie eines Laufes

Gestern war Donnerstag. Eigentlich ein schöner Tag. Aber es sollte ein tag werden, an dem ich meine Grenzen kennenlernte. Begonnen hat der Donnerstag wie immer mit einer Marketingvrlesung morgens um sieben. Bis Elf Uhr dann noch Finanzierung. Danach erstmal ausgeruht, um gegen halb drei meinen Trainingslauf zu starten. Eine Stunde in den Wald, danach einkaufen und später zur letzten Vorlesung Unternehmensführung.

Wie immer ging’s ins Schortetal, 2 Runden. Es begann zu schneien, ziehmlich stark. 3 Uhr, ich könnte mich auf den Rückweg machen aber ein Weg reizte mich und ich dachte, er wird schon irgendwie wieder nach Ilmenau bringen. Die Richtung stimmte ja.

3:20 Uhr, es geht seit Kilometern ständig nur nach oben und es schneit wie verrückt. Mittlerweile bin ich nass und meine Hände sind kalt.. Ilmenau ist nicht in Sicht. Umdrehen? Nej .. die ganze Strecke wieder zurück will ich nicht .. also weiter, dort wird ja ne Straße nach Ilmenau sein.

3:40 Uhr, es beginnt zu dämmern. So langsam beschleicht mich ein Gefühl von Panik. Ich hatte an dem Tag noch nichts gegessen, meine Kräfte schwinden. Mir ist kalt. Der Körper schaltet jetzt nach mehr als zehn km auf Sparflamme. Meine Hände spüre ich nicht mehr. Umdrehen? Nein, jetzt doch nicht mehr, der Weg wäre doch viel zu lang. Ilmenau liegt bestimmt gleich um die nächste Ecke. Ich bin ganz nah dran, bestimmt …

3:50 Uhr, der Weg geht tiefer in den Wald. Ich habe keine Ahnung wo ich bin. Hier oben liegt Schnee und es ist eisig kalt. Ich willt nicht mehr.

4:00 Uhr. Ich sehe Licher. Autolichter. Der Moment ist unbegreiflich. Zivilisation. Rettung. Ich erreiche sie Straße, nur welche Richtung nehme ich? Schilder gibt es nicht. Trampen? Niemals, ich habe meinen Stolz, lieber kipp ich um.

4:20 Uhr, mir wird schwindelig. Ich sehe die Lichter der Autos doppelt und habe das Gefühl die sehen mich überhaupt nicht. Ich weiß nicht wohin mich die Straße bringt. Es wird dunkel.

4:30 Uhr, Auerhan, eine Gaststätte. Und ein Wegweiser Richtig Stützerbach. Ich habe nun endlich wieder ein Ziel. Irgendwann nach Stützerbach kommt Ilmenau. Mein Longsleeve, das ich unter meiner Laufjacke trage ist mittlerweile komplett nass und kalt.

4:45 Uhr, bin in Stützerbach. Es ist dunkel. ich sehe nichts mehr. Meine Beine schwerzen, ich kann nicht mehr auftreten. Manebach müsste gleich kommen, denk ich mir. Aber dann lese ich 5km. Ich glaube das nicht udn gehe noch einmal ganz nah ran an das Schild: 5km. Ich hasse mich. Trampen? Never.

5:20 Uhr Endlich Manebach. Jetzt noch Richtung Schwimmbad. Mittlerweile laufe ich 3 Stunden, so lange wie noch nie in einem Training. Lediglich zum Marathon in Köln bin ich länger auf den Beinen gewesen – bei Sonnenschein, essen und Trinken.

5:40 Uhr Ilmenau, Festhalle. Die letzten Kilometer. Ich überlege schnell bei einer Freundin (Christina) Halt zu machen, um was zu trinken und Zucker zu mir zu nehmen. Ich kann nicht mehr. Doch die Zeit lässt es nicht zu, ich muss mich beeilen, denn ich habe ja noch eien Vorlesung.

5:50 Uhr, Die letzten Meter laufe ich ohne jegliches Gefühl. Ich merke nur noch, dass sich meine Augen bewegen. Der Rest ist Automatismus. Die Ansteigung am Ernst-Abbe-Zentrum stellt die letzte Herausforderung, doch ich schaffe sie … ist mir jetzt auch egal.

6:00 Uhr, Ich bin da. Nach 3,5 Stunden und mehr als 20 Kilometern.Wohlwissend, dass ich keinerlei Essen zu Hause habe (ich wollte ja urpsünglich einkaufen gehen, Matthias wartete vergebens) klingel ich direkt bei Nico. Nicos Mutter sei dank, gibt es Kuchen. 2 Stücke helfen ersteinmal.

6:20 Uhr, schnell geduscht und heissen Tee mit viel Zucker getrunken. Mir tut alles weh. Die Finger sind noch immer taub. Ich kann im ICQ kaum tippen.

6:30 Uhr, ich muss los. Vorlesung. Ich zittere leicht, das Mitschreiben fällt mir schwer, aber bessert sich im Laufe der Zeit.

Danach gab’s dann erst mal ne Pizza. Mein Tag sollte aber noch nicht vorbei sein .. als Studentenvertreter war es ein Muss auf der Party des Fachschfatsrates EI zu gehen. Nach diesem Höllentrip, jede Menge Gläser Schlammbowle und Freibier kam, was kommen musste …



schicke Buttons

auf NY´s Blog gibts lustige Buttons anzuschauen – und sofern man die Möglichkeit hat bei ihm käuflich zu erwerben… (VERSAND IST MÖGLICH!)…

ich ordere direkt mal ne handvoll Porno Buttons….


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Seebeben verschiebt Erdachse

Wie stark das Seebeben war ist kaum vorstellbar, auch wenn uns die Richterskala mit 8,9 einen ungefähren Anhaltspunkt geben kann. Viel deutlicher wird die Särke dieses Bebens, wenn man verdeutlicht, dass durch die Kräfte des Bebens unsere Erdachse verschoben worden ist. Die Daten des Vermessungsnetzes des Internationalen GPS Service (IGS) zeichneten eine Verschiebung der Erdachse um 8 Zemtimeter auf. Laut dem Astromomischen Institut an der Univisität Bern ist das die größte Verschiebung der Erdachse gegenüber ihrer Sollposition, die einem einzelnen Ereignis zugerechnet werden kann. Weitere Messungen ergaben, dass sich u.a. eine GPS Messstation in Signapur um 2 Zentimeter verschoben hat. Auch beschleunigte sich am Tag des Bebens die die Erdrotation um circa 2 Mikrosekunden.

Die grüne Linie zeigt die vohergesagten Abweichungen der Erdachse am Nordpol der letzten 2 Wochen.
Seit dem 26. Dezember weichen die Vohersagen und gemessenen Verschiebugen der Erdachse um 8 Zentimeter ab (rote Linie).

von Tino (NY) NY Blog

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ny bloggt …

Hallo Zusammen,

Daniel (BTK) war so freundlich :), mir die Möglichkeit einzuräumen, meine Artikel zu Poltik und Weltgeschehen auch hier auf “cross”- zu posten. Mein Name ist Tino Seeber, Student der Medienwirtschaft an der TU Ilmenau. Auf blogge ich, wenn ich nicht gerade hier schreibe ..


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Weihnachten 1

Das ist der Agtmulda…auf der FeM Weihnachtsfeier…da bin ich nämlich gerade

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Mitlesen von eMails

“Der Startschuss für das Mitlesen von E-Mails Anfang 2005 setzt die deutsche Internetbranche massiv unter Druck. Vor allem für kleine Provider wird es kritisch.”

So schreibt es die Financial Times Deutschland … Warum interessieren sich keine Jedermann-Medien…(RTL,PRO7…) für das Thema. Immerhin sollen bisher vom Kontrollat0r Staat unberührte Kommunikationsmedien abgehört werden….ABGEHÖRT!

Wo sind die Demonstranten ?
Wird die Arbeitskleidung der Überwacher dann u.a. Aus dem T-Shirt “I´ve read your eMail” bestehen ?

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Der erste Artikel vom Handy…

Mobile blogging nun auch beim Schrankmonster blog ! Sensationell geradezu ! Dieser Artikel wurde auf einem PocketPC über GPRS verschickt….

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hat jeder den Umzug überlebt ?

wäre cool wenn meine Leser mal ein paar Kommentare geben ob der Umzug für sie geklappt hat.


Schrankmonster zieht auf einen neuen Server

ab sofort ist Schrankmonster auf einen neuen Server umgezogen. Ein Aufruf der Adresse leitet direkt zur richtigen URL weiter – Ansonsten ist Schrankmonster unter verfügbar.

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Endlich weiss ich…

…wozu so ein DVD Player im Auto gut ist; Spiegel berichtet:

“DVD-Spieler in Autos gelten hier zu Lande als Luxusaccessoire und finden sich immer häufiger – zu saftigen Aufpreisen – in den Sonderausstattungslisten. In den USA sind DVD-Systeme in Fahrzeugen weit verbreitet und werden jetzt zum Problem: weil einige Pkw-Lenker dort Pornofilme abspielen.”


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ZDF…Werbung im Film

tja. es ist soweit. ZDF zeigt Werbung im Film…. mal ehrlich: is das nich explizit verboten gewesen ?… von wegen Wettbewerb…. ich finde es schon ziemlich dreist.

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XNA ist die Middleware für Xbox2 / Xenon / XboxNext

es wurde von Microsoft nun bestätigt… XNA ist die neue Basis für die Xbox2:

“This is a software revolution. XNA will ultimately deliver thousands of integrated devices that give consumers choice. Sony is talking about a fixed world of hardware that requires everyone to buy everything Sony.
Bill Gates even got in on the action, adding Software will be the single most important force in digital entertainment over the next decade. XNA underscores Microsoft’s commitment to the game industry and our desire to work with partners to take the industry to the next level.
Microsoft also proudly added that over 20 developers and middleware companies have already recognised that XNA will drive advancements in the industry, including Argonaut, Criterion, Factor 5, Epic, Valve, Vicarious Visions, Visual Concepts, ATI and Nvidia.”

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neues Google Feature geht online (US Only)

“Google Local integrates yellow pages-style information right into your search. Search for pizza 90210 or macaroni stanford, ca and up will pop a little compass with a couple results. Click the compass, and you’ll get a full listing of nearby results, with distance, maps, directions, related web pages, phone numbers, and more. You can narrow it down by category and distance, and look at a map of all the results.

Google’s really done a nice job of combining various sources of information for this service.”


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…vor dem Fenster hält Quälgeister draussen.

Gerad eben hab ichs drangemacht…es is einfach warm genug das die ersten fliegenden Viecher den Weg in Wohnungen finden… ieeehhh!!


FarCry GOLD!

jippieehh… der langerwartete Zock is Gold und quasi verfügbar…

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Wunderkammer, Wunderkammern, am Wunderkammernsten

“Wunderkammer, which is one of my favorite words in any language, means “wonder cabinet” in German.”

“In Mathematical Wunderkammern, William Mueller writes this about Wunderkammern:

“A giddy craze was sweeping across Europe at the turn of the 17th century. The wealthy and the well-connected were hoarding things—strange things—into obsessive personal collections. Starfish, forked carrots, monkey teeth, alligator skins, phosphorescent minerals, Indian canoes, and unicorn tails were acquired eagerly and indiscriminately. Associations among these objects, if they were made at all, often reflected a collector’s personal vision of an underlying natural “order”. Critical taxonomy was rarely in evidence.“”


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heute hab ich viel gecodet… aber es ist ein kleines Ziel für TFSNA2 erreicht:

TFSNA2 kann ab sofort hübsch strukturiert per XML mit seinen User sprechen… Kostprobe folgt in Kürze.

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bug im kopf

… das ganze Gehirn weggelutscht …

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woher kommt eigentlich das “Foo” . ?

RFC 3092 – Etymology of “Foo”

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Stura… Auslandsamt…

the story continues…

…kulturellen Rundumschlag könnte man die Aktionen nennen die hier gerade auf dem Campus stattfinden. Ziemlich extrem.

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